Congratulations on your decision to replace the windows of your San Antonio home, but now is the moment to determine which windows will be the best fit. Understanding the difference in window styles and features they offer is an important next step in your window purchase process. Selecting the ideal style of window really depends on your home’s architecture, the purpose or use of the window, and of course, how much you have to spend.
WINDOW STYLES TO THINK ABOUT:
Awning Windows — Hinged from the top and opening outward from the bottom, awning window's construction pushes water away from the window opening. Most of these windows are mounted over fixed windows or in garages above eye level to give your property ventilation and privacy all at once. Awning windows are often associated with southern home designs.
Bay and Bow Windows — Bay windows typically include a large window in the middle with casement or double-hung windows on each side set at 30- or 45-degree angles. Each window can be fixed, venting, or a combination of both. The bow window feature four or more equal-size windows, most often casements structured to produce a gradual arching projection. Bay and bow windows offer amazing sweeping views, in addition to giving a room the sense of being larger than it is. Many of our San Antonio area customers opt to include a convenient window bench to their bay or bow windows to provide additional seating for guests or everyday use.
Casement Windows — Often referred to as “crank out windows”, casement windows are questionably the highest demand style of windows in the San Antonio area. Used in many home designs, casement windows feature a single sash that’s mounted on one of the sides and opens by turning a crank shaft in a clockwise motion. With such a design, casement windows supply more ventilation versus double-hung windows (particularly if your window opening faces the direction of the wind). In relation to the actual look of your home, we suggest casement windows for taller windows, over wider ones. Also, because casement windows crank out, and therefore take up more space when open, we do not recommend them for heavily trafficked areas, such as decks or front porches.
Double-Hung Windows — A wide variety of home designs utilize double-hung windows, including traditional, Colonial and Victorian. Double-Hung windows feature two sashes within a single frame. The top and bottom sash bypass each other vertically
when opening from the bottom up or the top down. Double-hung windows are most striking when they are about double the height as compared to width and each sash is an equal-sized square.
Fixed Windows — Fixed windows are typically used for decorative purposes or combined with other windows. Often shaped in a circle, square, or hexagon, fixed windows do not open, as they are meant to add an architectural enhancement to your San Antonio house.
Single-Hung Windows — Single-hung windows are the same as double hung windows, with one exception: only the bottom sash opens by pushing upward; the top sash does not open at all.
Sliding Windows — Referred to as sliders or gliders, sliding windows open precisely as their name suggests; they shift side-to-side horizontally. Sliders are great for those hard-to-reach areas in your San Antonio home, such as over the kitchen sink. They are regularly used in multi-family buildings and apartment complexes.
Skylights — For any San Antonio homeowners that would like the added natural light that windows bring, yet they do not have the room to accommodate normal wall-installed windows, may want to think about a skylight. Skylights can be opened manually or by remote control (if such functionality is offered), which often brings in more light and heat than windows due to their rooftop positioning.
Transom — Similar to fixed windows, transoms are often added to other window styles, and can be either fixed or vented units. They’re usually located atop or below the main window or door. Transoms provide the illusion of bigger windows by allowing more sunlight in and increased airflow if the windows vent. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle, elliptical and more.
Window Wall — As you might assume, a window wall is literally a wall of windows that do not open and stretch from floor to ceiling. The windows that make up the wall can be of similar or different sizes/shapes and be used for exterior or interior walls.
To find the perfect window for your San Antonio area home, please call Pella Windows and Doors to schedule a no obligation appointment.